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Samantha Hills

Associate Lecturer for Musical Theatre

s.hills@chi.ac.uk

Samantha started dancing at the tender age of five and grew up performing with her local amateur dramatic society for the next few years. She then went on to play the title role in the musical Annie at the age of 13, which was to be performed by the Variety Club of Great Britain, in London's Dominion theatre!

At the ages of 15 and 16 she completed 2 courses with the much esteemed National Youth Theatre, taking on the lead role of Miranda in Shakespeare's The Tempest. This was choreograped by Matthew Bourne.

After realising her dream was to perform on a West End stage she then attended a 3 year full time course at The London Studio Centre under the tutelage of many esteemed teachers including Stephen Mear, Jackie Mitchell and Nicky Bentley to name but a few. In her final year Samantha was lucky enough to be offered her first two high profile jobs,  the first was dancing for Simply Red on the Brit Awards Ceremony, choreographed by Arlene Phillips and then came an offer for her first West End show, 'Grease', which was being performed on her previous stage, none other than the Dominion Theatre!

For the next glorious 3 years Samantha performed the roles of Donna-Sue, Marty and Frenchy, under the direction of David Gilmore and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

She then went on to appear in the UK original tour of 'Happy Days', playing Joanie, choreographed by Alan Harding, 'The Rocky Horror Show',playing Columbia, 'Fame' at the Aldwych Theatre where she played a multiple of roles including,'Carmen','Serena','Mabel','Miss Bell', 'Lamb Chops' and Swing, choreographed by Karen Bruce.  Samantha then played 'Doreen' and understudied 'Annette' in the UK National Tour of ' Saturday Night Fever', again working under the choreography of Arlene Phillips and direction of Karen Bruce.

In between stage work Samantha has had various film and television experiences from high profile adverts for One2One and Mini BMW to the lead role in an independent award winning feature film called The Scandalous Four, which she also collaborated on the screenplay for. She also appeared in the film Victoria and Albert starring Victoria Hamilton and Jonathan Firth, directed by John Erman.

She has appeared on shows such as The Brit Awards, Talking Telephone Numbers and A Royal Celebration. She has danced commercially for Simply Red, Lippy Lou and Robbie Williams. Other work includes various Pantomimes, usually playing Snow White, singing gigs around the UK and being an assistant to the Magician Simon Drake!

Samantha's other biography includes working for a call centre, in various theatre bars and front of houses, as an executive receptionist for Morgan Stanley, an Abba tribute band and a mystery shopper!! All of which taught me many life lessons about this business of show! So, a varied career, one of which she is extremeley proud of and now she hopes to impart some of that hard earned knowledge to the students of Chichester University!